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Magician’s Apprentice Chapter XXI

The story so far: Tollon, apprentice to Court Magician Sarton, is apparently in danger from the Lady Gwella, a rival to Sarton. So Sarton is training Tollon in magic, with some help from the slave Mia. (If you want to catch … Continue reading

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Magician’s Apprentice Chapter XII

The story so far: Ill-used by a spell cast by Lady Vorana, Tollon is buckling down to learn some real magic from Court Magician Sarton. But the damage Lady Vorana inflicted upon Tollon has yet to be fully reckoned. Now … Continue reading

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Magician’s Apprentice Chapter III

Our story so far: Tollon, apprentice to the Court Magician, is having a rough day. Getting tripped by the palace guard is just his most recent misfortune. Or at least it was, until he stepped into the magician’s workshop and … Continue reading

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Magician’s Apprentice Chapter II

Previously, in chapter I: Tollon, apprentice to Court Magician Sarton, is out fetching Sarton’s supplies, when he hears that the queen is going to have bastard, fathered by the Earl of Haulloran. Although he hasn’t yet explained why, Tollon fears … Continue reading

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Time for a new story: Magician’s Apprentice

In troubled times, people have always turned to storytellers for guidance and relief. An evening’s entertainment, an escape to other times and places, does the soul some good. And a skilled storyteller can weave in moral lessons to guide people … Continue reading

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The Halloween read: the horror of Adrian Ross

It’s my custom around Halloween to dredge up and read a “moldy oldie,” a story of horror or the supernatural written many years ago, which is mostly forgotten today. This year, my choice was the two horror stories written by … Continue reading

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Review: The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Having just read and reviewed The Werewolf of Paris, I decide to tackle its movie version, The Curse of the Werewolf, for my Halloween evening entertainment. In short, read the book. It’s interesting and unusual. The movie is a run-of-the-mill horror flick, … Continue reading

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Horror for Halloween: The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore

One of the standard criticisms of supernatural horror literature is that it is unreal. Why this isn’t a criticism of all literature is a good question, but supernatural horror literature is condemned for presenting us with unreal horrors when so … Continue reading

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Books of wonder: reviewing Ice and Picnic at Hanging Rock

There are stupid ideas. And I had one. Why not review two genre-bending works of fiction, both by female British Commonwealth authors, both published in 1967? Won’t the comparisons be fun and informative? And so I sat down to read … Continue reading

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And we come to an end of riding the lightning bolt

Daphne’s no longer going to be forced into an arranged marriage with some pathetic demigod. Her sister Agatha isn’t going to be forced to divorce her husband and marry her father. All’s right with the world, eh? Well, there is … Continue reading

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